Hurricane Maria trashed the island of Dominica overnight. Maria’s devastating eyewall raked the island twice in her trek northwest.
Dominica’s Prime Minister sent this harrowing Facebook update as the storm still raged.
— MPR Weather (@MPRweather) September 19, 2017
Maria did something yesterday I haven’t seen before. She intensified from Category 1 with 90 mph winds to Category 5 with 160 mph winds in less than 24 hours. That kind of explosive intensification is rare if not unprecedented.
I'm sorry, but THIS. IS. INSANE. Hurricane Maria was a CAT 1 storm this AM…and now strengthened to a Category 5! This is less than a DAY! pic.twitter.com/jxWakzznSD
— Lindsey Slater (@LindseySlaterTV) September 19, 2017
Maria wasted little time returning to 160 mph winds after her trip over Dominica.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 19, 2017
U.S. territories next
Now the islands of St. Croix and Puerto Rico lay in Maria’s direct path.
The San Juan NWS isn’t pulling any punches in communicating Maria’s dire threat level.
— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) September 19, 2017
Storms late tonight
Look for storms to fire in the Dakoats later today and roll east into Minnesota tonight. The best chance for storm in the Twin Cities arrives after midnight.
There is an elevated risk for severe storms in the Dakotas and western Minnesota. Storms will tend to fade as they move through Minnesota in the overnight hours.
I can’t rule out a few September tornadoes today centered on the eastern Dakotas.
Today's TORNADO threat area… late season outbreak? pic.twitter.com/Wbs8tveeOx
— SevereStudios (@severestudios) September 19, 2017
A shot at 90 Friday
Summer rolls back in Thursday and Friday. Temps may push 90 with humidity Friday.
Heavy rain threat this weekend
This weekend looks warm and thundery. A slow moving front will trigger T-Storms that could roll over the same ground. Heavy rainfall totals are possible.